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EDU 436: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum: Multi Genre Research Project


You will complete a research project about writing in your content area.  This project will differ from a traditional research paper because it will explore your topic using at least 6 different genres (2 pre-determined, 4 self-selected).  Your textbook (Daniels, Zemelman, & Steineke) has an excellent explanation and examples of multi-genre projects in chapter 9. 



EDU436 Required Components.

Required Components

Your Project must include the following components:

  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Artifacts

Each of artifacts represents key information about the topic in an original or creative way. Three or more artifacts should effectively use technology tools to communicate the information. The message is enhanced by the technology selected. Each artifact will contribute to a well-developed central idea.

Artifact 1 -- Traditional research essay (3-4 pages) addressing the theory and practice of writing in your content area. It should explain why using writing in any content area is an effective way to help students learn the content; this provides the theoretical underpinnings, and 2) How to use writing in the content area to make learning happen; In other words, what strategies and writing tasks could be used. You will need a minimum of 5 different resources. All research must be cited using APA, and a Works Cited page must be included.


Artifacts 2-5 (Self-Selected Genres)

Next you will select 4 different genres through which to present key concepts of your subject area.  These will be models of what you might use in your 5th-12th grade classroom. The artifacts should be designed to be used as models/samples for assignments for your 6-12 students; focus on various aspects of your chosen theme/topic in your subject area

One Rubric developed to adequately measure student performance on completing one of the self-selected artifacts.

Artifact 6

Lastly, you will write a reflective piece (2-3 pages) discussing the process of completing your project and what you learned throughout the process.  A detailed description for this project is offered at the end of the syllabus.  This long term project will address the Florida State Writing Standards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. It will also address the following subject area Competencies and Skills for Middle Grades English:  Standards 3, 4, 6, & 7.  You will be required to bring to class drafts of each different part of the project throughout the semester, as we engage in the different stages of the writing process, including peer feedback and revision. Please see the assignment description for further directions/details.  

Students must upload the Multi-Genre Project into Chalk & Wire by the assignment due date. 






Genre – a genre is a category of writing with its own distinctive style, form, and format. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • poem
  • song
  • Bill of Rights
  • Constitution or Bylaws
  • obituary
  • wanted poster
  • short story
  • brochure
  • eulogy
  • rap song
  • contract
  • picture book
  • will
  • recipe book
  • newspaper article
  • action figure ad
  • monologue
  • diary entry
  • encyclopedia entry
  • campaign speech
  • advice column
  • interview
  • letter
  • cartoon
  • advertisement
  • resume
  • speech
  • manifesto
  • birth announcement
  • journal entry
  • map
  • fairy tale
  • myth
  • bumper sticker
  • memo
  • greeting card
  • shopping list
  • manual
  • script/screenplay
  • dictation 

Technology Requirement

At least three artifacts must effectively use relevant technology tools to communicate the message.  Examples of technology tools that may be used:

  • tweet
  • blog post
  • Blogs
  • Twitter
  • Glogster
  • Prezi
  • Edmodo
  • Animoto video
  • Webpage(s) 
  • Photostory
  • Facebook
  • GoAnimate
  • Museum Box
  • SlideRocket
  • Micro-Blogs (ex.Tumblr)
  • Tagxedo/Wordle
  • VoiceThread
  • Voki
  • Wallwisher
  • Scrapblog
  • Bitstrips
  • PowToon
  • Video biography
  • Student-created tutorial
  • Public Service Announcement